Posted by: Jeremy | October 1, 2010

2010-11 Raptors Preview: Andrea Bargnani


Training Camp is underway, and over the month of October, we’ll be breaking down the Raptors roster player-by-player in anticipation on the season, which tips off at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 27 against the New York Knicks. The first installment is a look at fifth-year centre Andrea Bargnani.

Bargnani will have to show more muscle on the boards, amongst other things, to fill the void left by Chris Bosh's departure

Like it or not, he’s the man this year. Looking at Andrea Bargnani’s progression after four years in the league, it’s unlikely that he’s going to be Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be a good player in the NBA. With Chris Bosh at the beach, we’re about to find out just how much he can do as a top offensive option.

One positive for Bargnani is that he’ll still only be 25 years old on opening night. Offensively, he’s a nightmare of a matchup for most opposing centres, flashing the ability to shoot and as a result, is often able to draw defenses to the perimeter and get to the bucket. He’s proven more and more capable of finishing close to the basket each of the past two years, and ended last season with career bests in both shooting percentage (47.0 — up from 45.0 in 2008-09 and a career mark of 42.4 coming into the year) and scoring average (17.2, after marks of 11.6, 10.2 and 15.4 in his first three seasons). With Bosh out of the picture, look for at least 20 on average from Bargnani in 2010-11, with the efficiency in which he gets them to determine just how well he actually plays.

The usual knocks on Bargnani, of course, are his defense and rebounding. To his credit, he’s developed into a stronger post defender after getting slotted in as the full-time starting centre midway through the ’08-09 season, blocking a team-high 111 shots (1.39 per game) last season. Team defense, or helping each and every time Jose Calderon gets destroyed off the dribble, is where he’ll have to improve this year. On the boards, Bargnani’s average (6.2) was a career-high in 2010-11, but still nowhere near acceptable for a centre playing 35 minutes a night, even with him spending a lot of time on the perimeter taken into account. With Bosh’s 10.8 per game flushed out, Bargnani needs to step it up. Disregard the fact that he may better suited as a three or four — Bargnani is seven-feet tall and should be averaging at least eight boards by accident, with anything more than that the result good positioning and flat-out hustle, which is what most NBA big men need to do to stay in the league. Hopefully Bargnani won’t take his offensive skills for granted.

2009-10: 80 games (all starts), 35.0 minutes, 47.0% from the field and 37.2% from deep, 17.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.39 blocks per game.

What to expect: More scoring, but as mentioned, efficiency will determine just how well he adjusts to the number one role. Rebounding should be up, with the extent depending on how badly he wants it. Putting up great numbers on a bad team doesn’t make a great player, but if Bargnani keeps the Raps anywhere close to .500 this season, he’ll have proven himself a player to build around.

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Responses

  1. Nice article man, very thorough and in-depth! I think that there are a lot of issues surrounding the Raptors that go deeper than not having a star/lead player. Colangelo attempted to put together a contending team last year and failed, however he doesn’t seem to be able to accept the fact that the Raptors do not have the pieces to make a winning team now, yet he still tries to bring in 2nd and 3rd tier talent (i.e. Kleiza and re-signing Amir Johnson). In the end the Raptors are going to need to rebuild, but who knows when that is going to happen.

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  2. Yeah, it’ll be a rough year. Like it or not, Bargnani is in charge this year, and how he holds up as a team leader will determine just how competitive this team is. From what I’ve seen of him the past four years, I’m not feeling all that good…

    Thanks for the comment, by the way, and keep coming back — I’ll be profiling each Raptor throughout the preseason.

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